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First of all I want to thank you all for helping us reach 25K and then 30! Now 35!!!!! THANK YOU !!!! I AM THRILLED, excited and just over the moon!!!! We are SO close 40. Either way I'm making this record now, but 40k will give me the money to go beyond just selling it out of the back of my van. 

While I did not get a record deal on The Voice, I still believe that my dream will come true, and YOU have a big part in it. Please join team #IBelieveICan and help us reach $40,000. I will put on a FREE ALL REQUEST CONCERT if we reach 40K. WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL NOON JUNE 17th, SO PLEASE BECOME A BACKER TODAY! (concert will be live streaming so all my backers can watch from their own home and live chat with me)

The Money: $50,000 (I am working hard and saving hard to put in at least 10K of my own money, because I believe in these songs so much) 

Recording cost- $10,000 include a studio, engineer, producer, and hiring musicians

The physical CD - $5,000 includes album photography, artwork, graphic design and pressing 

Digital media - $5,000- Photography, a music video, and a new website that features the new album

Publicity- $20,000- this is crazy expensive! but it's THE ONLY WAY TO GET ON RADIO, TV & IN PRINT. Includes hiring a publicist and radio promoter to work the record and it's release. (this is how you get the buzz going, and it the most crucial element to succeeding) 

Tour support- $10,000 - The "Vantasy" is getting old, I gotta get a new one, and being on the road cost $$$ Gas, Hotels, paying players, if you guys can get us to $40,000, I can put in the rest and get back on the road and come meet to you! 

My story: I’m finally making the record I came to Nashville to make. It's a record that took a decade of living to write. It’s finally “My Turn”. These songs are so special to me. They are the story of my life, the struggles and heartaches of living, trying to make ends meet, trying to catch a break, and dreaming in unfair world. I want to share these songs with you. I want you to hear me, I want you to know that you are understood. 

I moved to Nashville in 2012. I had spent seven years on the road with my band “Sarah and the Tall Boys”. We logged 250,000 miles on my van playing every festival, beer joint, bar and honky tonk that would have us.

When I got here, I had made the decision to go solo. Ian, my husband and guitar player and I stopped booking shows, got day jobs and wrote. We wrote every single day and we wrote the best material that I have ever penned. 

I was ready to make the record but just needed the money, so the two of us started working two jobs each hoping to save enough to get into a studio and make it.

But then, “The Voice” called….

I’m back in Nashville and so incredibly grateful for the experience I had on the show. But that is over now and unfortunately being on The Voice meant giving up our day jobs and getting by on a small stipend from the show. So now we are out of money and out of jobs, but we do have one really incredible album on our hands and we need your help to make it happen!

Making a record in Nashville costs a lot of money. The producer costs money, the studio costs money, the musicians cost money. Then you have to manufacture it, you have to pay for good graphics, design and packaging. After that comes the promotion, which is the most expensive part! There are photo shoots, videos, radio promotion, and marketing.

If you’ve followed me on the show or found me while I was logging all those miles, you know one thing about me. I don’t give anything half my time. And I’m certainly not going to half ass this record. It deserves better.

I hope you’ll find a level that works with your budget or you find something that you really want. If nothing else, I promise you about an hour of music that is funny heartbreaking, inspirational and honest.

Thank you Sarah

Risks and challenges

As it says in the description of this Kickstarter campaign, I don’t half ass anything.

My plan is to have this record done and ready to ship to my Kickstarter contributors in December of this year. However, I will not do this thing unless I do it right. There may be scheduling issues with the producer or musicians or there may be delays with artwork and packaging. Or we might just not have time to do fit every element in to get it out by December.

If that is the case, I will be keeping my supporters informed of the process and aware of any delays. We don’t anticipate any but if there are, it is only because I want the very best possible final product to deliver to you.

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    "End of the Month" - No amount goes unappreciated. Digital Download of the title track "My Turn"

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    "Laundry Day" ~ Limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "BOX SET" ~ Signed physical copy of the CD, early release digital download of the entire album, a special edition T Shirt, AND 2 Sarah & the Tall Boys CD's signed and sent along with a handwritten thank you note! (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Immortalized" ~ Personally thanked in the liner notes, autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Phone call to Grandma!" ~ I will personally call your grandma (Can be substituted for your mom, dad, sister, etc. Hell, I'll even call you. If you're extra nice I'll even Skype you!) Also includes an autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Best Part of Waking Up is Sarah Potenza on Your Cup" ~ One personally screen printed, hand thrown mug. Yes, pottery by Sarah. If I wasn't a singer, I would be a potter. (Wheel thrown, fired to cone 6, porcelain stoneware. Freezer, microwave and oven safe), autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "All Request Hour" ~ If there was song you wanted to hear me do on the show, this is your chance. I will make you a personal video of me doing a very special rendition of that song. Also includes an autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "I See You!" ~ One pair of vintage white glasses picked out especially by me, especially for you. Frames will come from my personal vendor, Collectible Spectacle. Also includes an atographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Rhythm & Roots Fest Super Pack!" ~ September 4th, 5th & 6th, 2015 in Rhode Island. I will be playing all three days and now you can too! Not only that, but you will get personally name checked from the stage during one my sets, you will have VIP seating on stage to watch my set. Package includes 2 tickets for the festival with backstage passes. Includes camping. (You must provide your own transportation and if you don't want to camp. Visit http://www.rhythmandroots.com for full festival details.) Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "The VIP Treatment!" ~ Two tickets to one of my upcoming shows, a meet & greet with Ian and myself and the full VIP Treatment. And it will be Sarah Potenza spectacular. I will not disappoint!!! (You are responsible for your own travel. I will need 30 days notice for the show of your choice) Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Your Turn" ~ I will take your lyrics or your story and turn it into a song. It could be a story about you, your life or someone you know and love. Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Video Star!" ~ You get to come to East Nashville and star in the official "My Turn" video. (You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging. Date TBD) Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Bluebird Cafe" ~ Private acoustic house concert. Ian and I will come to your house and put on a quiet intimate performance for you and your friends. (You'll be responsible for our transportation and lodging. Date is dependent on tour schedule). Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply or we can hand deliver your rewards when we see you)

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    "CBGB's" ~ Live full band show at the venue of your choice. Could be in your backyard or neighborhood bar! Either way, we will put on a show for you and your friends! (You'll be responsible for band transportation and lodging and you'll need to do the advancement with any venue. Date is dependent on tour schedule.) Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"~ Blueridge BG-40. I bought this guitar in Chicago many years ago. It is my favorite guitar and most of my songs have been written on this guitar. I have traveled with it all over the country. This one is hard to give up, but getting this record out means the world to me. So now it's time for you to write your own songs. Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "4 Chair Turn!" ~ My entire outfit from the night of my 4 chair turn! This moment was the moment when I knew it really was "My Turn". When Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine all turned around for a regular girl from Rhode Island, I knew that all of my hard work had paid off right then and there. I hope it give you just a little bit of that mojo! (Does not include my Grandmothers necklaces or my eyeglasses.) Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply)

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    "Night on the Town"
    If you come to Nashville, I will take you out to listen to some of my favorite music, at my favorite place. We can grab a drink, and talk about anything you want to. Also includes autographed poster, limited edition "My Turn" T-shirt, signed physical copy of the CD and and early release digital download of the entire album. (shipping rates will apply) We can hang whenever you want to but the CD, poster, & Tshirt won't be ready till around Dec. (doesn't include travel or lodging)

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